• Capitain Petzel is pleased to announce the joint exhibition of painters Joe Bradley and Tobias Pils on the occasion of...

    Capitain Petzel is pleased to announce the joint exhibition of painters Joe Bradley and Tobias Pils on the occasion of Gallery Weekend *Discoveries. This exhibition marks the American artist Joe Bradley‘s debut in the Berlin gallery, as well as the first time the two befriended artists’ work is being brought into dialogue with one another.

     

    Bradley’s explosive and colorful abstract paintings meet Pils’ grey-toned, suggestively figurative scenes, revealing surprising contrasts and similarities between their respective individual and unique practices. Additionally, selected works on paper by Bradley and Pils are on view in the lower exhibition space, providing insight into a further dimension of the artists‘ oeuvres.

  • Tobias Pils, The discussion, 2021

    Tobias Pils

    The discussion, 2021 Oil on canvas
    236 x 198 cm / 92.9 x 77.9 inches
    Framed dimensions:
    242 x 204 cm / 95.3 x 30.7 inches
  • I‘m not so interested in storytelling in my own work. In painting, beginning, middle and end are present on the surface and available all at once. This is what I find interesting, this rush of information one gets when standing in front

    of a painting.

    - Joe Bradley

    • Joe Bradley Osh, 2021 Oil on canvas 181 x 130 cm 71.3 x 50.2 inches
      Joe Bradley
      Osh, 2021
      Oil on canvas
      181 x 130 cm
      71.3 x 50.2 inches
    • Tobias Pils The Arrival, 2021 Oil on canvas 130 x 90 cm / 51.2 x 35.4 inches Framed dimensions: 136 x 96 cm / 53.54 x 37.8 inches
      Tobias Pils
      The Arrival, 2021
      Oil on canvas
      130 x 90 cm / 51.2 x 35.4 inches
      Framed dimensions:
      136 x 96 cm / 53.54 x 37.8 inches
  • When I think of my paintings, I never think in black and white, and even forget that I paint only in shades of gray (…) You may see it in black and white but you don‘t experience it in black and white.

    - Tobias Pils 

    • Tobias Pils Redeemers, 2021 Oil on canvas ø 80 cm / 31.5 inches
      Tobias Pils
      Redeemers, 2021
      Oil on canvas
      ø 80 cm / 31.5 inches
    • B Tpils 21 0006 1
  • Selected works on paper

    Selected works on paper

  • The ink drawings are like meditations on a certain theme – so the opposite [of my paintings], somehow. There’s hardly any editing or coming back.

     - Tobias Pils 

  • I try to maintain an “anything goes” policy when drawing. If an idea works, fantastic. And if not, it’s just paper.

    - Joe Bradley

  • Joe Bradley’s versatile painterly practice defies easy categorization as he deftly moves across artistic movements and modes, weaving together personal...

    Ph: Shauna Summers

    Joe Bradley’s versatile painterly practice defies easy categorization as he deftly moves across artistic movements and modes, weaving together personal and art historical references in his irreverent, self-assured style. 

     

    Bradley usually creates his improvisational, mixed-media canvases unprimed and unstretched on his studio floor, leading the finished paintings to bear the traces of the artistic process they underwent. Unconventional materials surface in the finished works, some even bearing seams where fragments of canvas have been stitched together in a collage-like manner. Figuration features to varying degrees across Bradley‘s oeuvre, employing both geometric and organic forms, sometimes iconography, while other times engaging in a more minimalist painting tradition with monochrome swaths of color. Swaying always between earnestness and irony in his expression, Bradley continually provides a unique take on abstract painting and Western artistic traditions.

     

    Joe Bradley‘s (b. 1975 in Kittery, ME) work has been shown at various institutions worldwide, incuding Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Kunstmuseum Bonn; Bozar / Center of Fine Arts, Brussels; Whitney Museum of American Art (2008 Whitney Biennal); Le Consortium, Dijon, Museum of Modern Art; New York; MoMA PS1, Long Island, NY, among others. 

  • Tobias Pils’ suggestive figurations are neither entirely legible nor altogether abstract, but rather create associative worlds of forms that appear...

    Ph: Sebastian Mayr

    Tobias Pils’ suggestive figurations are neither entirely legible nor altogether abstract, but rather create associative worlds of forms that appear as paradoxes that resist a straightforward reading. Out of a reduced palette of varied grey tones Pils creates paintings that vibrate with texture, filled with unexpected depths and infinite tones.

     

    Following intuition and disregarding strict methodology, Pils intuitively pursues his ideas as they evolve during their making. He says of his process: “When I start to paint, I have quite a clear idea of the motive … the goal is to lose the idea through painting.” The viewer is confronted with unexpected iconography and motifs that then seemingly take several directions at once and create compositions of interpretive ambiguity that invite deeper contemplation. His body of work is diverse and complex, however an undefined narrative nevertheless runs through it, appearing as scenes of a cryptic dream. Pils has also worked in large-scale installation, most recently having painted a mural at the École normale supérieure Paris-Saclay in 2020. He has also presented his paintings in large, unfied works, at the Musée Picasso Paris in 2020,  as well as at Basel Unlimited in 2016 and Secession, Vienna in 2013. 

     

    Tobias Pils (b. 1971 in Linz, Austria) has shown extensively and internationally, recent institutional exhibitions include mumok, Vienna; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; Musée Picasso Paris; Kunstmuseum Bonn; Le Consortium, Dijon; Aspen Art Museum; Kunsthalle Krems; Chinati Foundation / John Chamberlain Building, Marfa; National Art Museum of China, Beijing, among others.